Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Our Reception class (Year R) are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, where the curriculum consists of seven areas of learning and development, as per the EYFS Statutory Framework:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development - developing confidence and independence as part of a group
- Communication and Language - communicating with one another through speaking and listening skills
- Literacy - developing early skills in reading and writing
- Maths - learning about number, quantity, measurement, shape and space
- Understanding the World - investigating and beginning to understand the things, places and people around the local community
- Physical Development - improving control and coordination of the body and learning to move and handle equipment efficiently
- Expressive Arts and Design - finding ways to communicate by using colour, shape, sound, texture, dance, movement, role play and stories.
Children in Year R learn through a range of activities, which include self-directed spontaneous play, planned focused teaching and learning activities, exploration, experimentation, discussion and investigation. Much of the learning is practical and based on real life experiences.
After a year in Reception, children move on to Year 1, when they study the National Curriculum.
Key Stage 1 (KS1)
Key Stage 1 consists of Years 1 and 2. Children move into Year 1 in the September after their 5th birthday and start to learn the subjects of the National Curriculum, which are:
- Art & Design
- Design & Technology
- Information & Communication Technology
- Physical Education
Other subjects which are included in the syllabus are:
- Personal, Social Health & Citizenship Education
- Religious Education
There is a transition phase as children start Key Stage 1 and make the change to a slightly more structured day and way of learning. Children are still actively engaged in activity based learning and there is a focus on reading, writing and maths, supplemented by a broad and exciting curriculum.
We have designed a varied and interesting curriculum that supports children’s progression of skills through the school. The long-term plans (LTPs) for each year group can be found below. Our long-term plans are supported by our bespoke progression of skills, medium-term and weekly planning.
To find out more about the curriculum our schools are following, please contact Mr Russell Davies, our Assistant Headteacher, or another member of our senior leadership team.